Starting with the first known opera to be composed and performed in the Americas, in Peru in 1701, discover the development of the new operatic world up to the contemporary scene in the USA.  Composers we will touch on include Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco (1644 – 1728),  Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992),  Samuel Barber (1910 – 1981),  Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) and Philip Glass (b.1937).